Each morning while getting ready for work, I listen to the radio in the bathroom. It’s the only time I get to listen to the radio anymore since I rarely drive. While sitting on the pot (there’s a visual for you), a commercial comes on and the announcer begins with something like this:
Your credit problems are not your fault. Those sneaky credit card companies will do anything they can to keep you paying them money. Here at XYZ Debt Consolidation, we’ll help you get rid of that pesky credit card debt once and for all!
I don’t recall the name of the debt consolidation company, and it doesn’t really matter as I wouldn’t give them a link anyway, but just the fact that they’re saying that your debt isn’t your fault is totally absurd (unless it was all racked up through identity theft I guess).
Granted, I do sell advertisement spots on this site for debt consolidation companies, and for some people who are in dire need, it’s probably a valid last resort, but c’mon, how can anyway honestly say that their credit card debt isn’t their fault? Whether by buying junk you don’t need or using your credit cards as an emergency fund, then having to pay for surgery with them, it’s either lack of discipline or planning that causes us to get into debt.
Financial Responsibility and Accountability
Back in March, I wrote up an article titled “Who do you blame for your financial problems?” where I state that you, and you alone, are responsible and accountable for your finances. Don’t try and blame your parents, teachers or friends. It’s your money (or credit) for you to decide how to spend, loan, invest or save. If you got yourself into a bad mortgage, you can only blame the lender/broker in as much as they purposely hid information from you (which is illegal). But while the lender is responsible for full disclosure by law, you are both responsible for performing your own analysis and research AND you are accountable for the effects of good and bad decisions alike.
So getting back to the commercial, I’ll just say that it was at least misleading, if not outright lying, to the listeners and should be taken off the air. It’s promoting finger-pointing in a situation where the finger should really be directed right back at you, and you alone.
I don’t blame anyone else for my debts, and neither should you.